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Kathmandu schools bombing suspects paraded

Police paraded the suspects accused of planting bombs at schools in Kathmandu, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Photo: RSS

Kathmandu, September 21, 2016: The Nepal Police’s Metropolitan Police Office on Tuesday evening paraded two persons who were allegedly involved in planting and explosion of bombs in several schools in Kathmandu.

Police identified the suspects as Shankar Lakhe (31)of Ramechhap and Chandra Bahadur Tamang (24) of Sindhuli.

AIGP Pratap Singh Thapa said the duo were affiliated with the Maobadi Communist Kendra Nepal (Maoist Communist Centre Nepal), which was formed by former Maoist rebels who had fled along with arms.

The armed outfit had officially surrendered its arms two years ago to the government’s talks team led by Ananda Prasad Dhugana. The duo, however, resorted to intimidating operators of private schools and colleges in the Kathmandu Valley in their bid to extort money from, according to AIGP Thapa.

Shankar Lakhe was among eight persons who were held on charge of arson attack on a school van in Dallu on July 1.

He was presented before the Kathmandu District Court and released on a general date, police informed.

Police have confiscated some documents of the least heard of Maoist outfit from their possession.

Earlier police had said they arrested three persons in connection with the explosions in two schools and discovery of explosives in five others.

Police claimed the duo intended to extort money from the schools through bomb terror.

According to AIGP Thapa, they planted explosives in some schools while at other places they left papers disguised as bombs to terrorise people.